Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
July 27, 2014
The kingdom of heaven is like yeast
In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus says that “the kingdom of heaven is like yeast.” The picture on today’s bulletin of a woman working in a kitchen probably brings back memories to many of us. Memories of our mother, grandmother, or someone else, working in the kitchen, making bread or biscuits that we loved to eat. A couple of points stand out concerning someone working in the kitchen and the comparison that the kingdom of heaven is like yeast.
First, there is work involved, and, as we know, very little gets accomplished in life without hard work. The kingdom of heaven does not grow without some work; it takes all of us working together and in unity to help God’s kingdom continue to grow.
Second, there is the yeast. When making bread there are two basic ingredients, flour and yeast. Yeast is very small, but when it is mixed with the dough, it is the ingredient that causes the dough to rise. The yeast is spread on the dough or mixed in the dough, and this is a good illustration of influence. In the Bible yeast is usually referred to in a negative way. But here Jesus takes yeast and uses it in a positive way. There is no shortage of bad influence in the world; we can see this all around us. All of us can have an influence on others, and that influence can be good or it can be bad. In our world, the bad mixes with the good things in life, and before long, it can ruin what is good. As Christians, we can let our godly influence make a positive difference in our world. Our Lord taught that our Christian influence can make a difference in the world.
James Denby, pastor, Pine Chapel Moravian Church,
Winston-Salem, North Carolina